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Airbus' Future Factory

Presented by André Walter

In Bremen, the second-largest Airbus site in Germany which is responsible for the design, manufacture, integration and testing of high-lift systems for the wings of all Airbus programs, the aircraft manufacturer is successfully shifting the production away from a dock to a flow-line production. Leveraging real-time data available in the flow-line, Airbus can now check the status of the production to exactly which part is where at any given point in time and identify potential gaps in the production.

  • Topics covered in this interview include:
  • Understanding digitalisation as natural and organic development
  • Visualising and monitoring material conditions and performances with the digital twin
  • Overcoming operational challenges and mastering digital complexities
André Walter, Airbus Group >
André Walter

Vice President, Head of Site and Plant Bremen, Airbus Group

André Walter studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hanover and received his at the University of Bremen in 2002, where he was working as Scientific Assistant at the Department of Manufacturing Technology at the same time.

André joined Airbus in 2006 as Head of Subdomain Metal Technology at the Center for Competence Structure and became the Head of Transnational Research and Technology Integrator Group in 2009. In 2010, André led the flight physics program and took over leading positions in the Materials & Processes department. As Vice President, he was responsible for the research, testing, and certification of new materials and processes for the transnational construction at Airbus, and was appointed Head of Head of Site and Plant Bremen in 2015.

Bremen is the second largest Airbus site in Germany and is responsible for the design, manufacture, integration and testing of high-lift systems for the wings of all Airbus programs. The entire process chain for the high-lift elements is established here, including the project office, technology engineering, flight physics, system engineering, structural development, verification tests, structural assembly, wing equipping and delivery to the Final Assembly Lines.